Listen Closely: 1979-1980 Catches Up to Us

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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3 Responses

  1. A.W. says:

    Actually that line about the ice age reflected the prevailing theory at the time which was that the earth was facing “global cooling.” My how things change.

    First it was global cooling, then global warming, and now climate change, which sounds an awful lot like “i don’t know what is going on, but i know i don’t like it.” Really, people have told me my whole life that i was going to die, either from those climatalogical catastrophes, or from acid rain, or holes in the ozone layer, ecosystem disruptions, on and on. And you know what? I don’t believe it anymore.

    Anyway, I love the album, but great political thought it is not.

    Btw, I assume you have also listened to Midnight Oil, especially their classic “Diesel and Dust?” They are very much the heirs to The Clash, doing that style of “nice, hum-able punk rock with an obvious message.” If you have somehow missed them, i recommend “Diesel” as well as “Breathe” as my two favorites, and “Earth and Sun and Moon” and “Blue Sky Mining” as two other quality albums from them.

    Of course for me sometimes I just like to Nevermind the Bullocks and enjoy the Sex Pistols. 😉 What a gloriously offensive album.

  2. Deven says:


    Thanks. Didn’t mean to mash the cooling warming point; I do recall that difference and agree it is funny how it all blends into a general sense of same as it ever was. Honestly, Midnight Oil never worked for me. Not sure why. Just didn’t. As for the Clash, I guess I see how they may be a little more tame than some other punk, but for me they were a little more coherent too. Either way, it is difficult to beat the Sex Pistols for that offensive edge.

  3. A.W. says:


    As for The Clash, I really for the life of me can’t understand why anyone was offended by them.

    Its like jazz music. I know people used to call it the devil’s music but f*** if i know why. At least with jazz you can write it off as at least partially racist, but not so with people who considered The Clash controversial.

    I mean, my God, I felt okay playing those guys for my mother while driving. (Of course my mom was uniquely cool about those things, but still, you know the Sex Pistols never made it into the car radio.)

    And I will forgive your failure of taste on Midnight Oil, but if you didn’t at least like Nirvana’s Nevermind, well, there is just no talking to you. /kidding